Mexican Fentanyl Kingpin Wanted by DEA with $1 Million Bounty

The DEA offers a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Alan Gabriel Nunez Herrera, a Mexican fentanyl trafficker accused of supplying the deadly opioid to the US. Herrera, allegedly linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, is currently on the run with his whereabouts unknown.

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Mexican Fentanyl Kingpin Wanted by DEA with $1 Million Bounty

Mexican Fentanyl Kingpin Wanted by DEA with $1 Million Bounty

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has placed a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Alan Gabriel Nunez Herrera, a notorious Mexican fentanyl trafficker accused of supplying the deadly synthetic opioid to the United States. Herrera, who allegedly worked with infamous drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, is currently on the run with his whereabouts unknown.

Why this matters: The fentanyl crisis has devastating consequences for public health and safety, with thousands of lives lost to overdose each year. Bringing Herrera to justice could disrupt the flow of fentanyl into the US and potentially save countless lives.

In April 2024, a federal grand jury in the Southern District of New York indicted Nunez Herrera and 27 others on charges including fentanyl importation and trafficking conspiracies, possession of machine guns and destructive devices, and money laundering. According to the DEA, Nunez Herrera supplied an associate with 20,000 fentanyl pills and five kilograms of fentanyl powder in late 2022, which were sold to an undercover agent.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams emphasized the severity of the fentanyl crisis, stating, "For over a decade, the illicit fentanyl trade has created a plague of addiction, death, and misery for Americans and New Yorkers of all walks of life." The DEA believes Nunez Herrera's alleged fentanyl operation is linked to the powerful Sinaloa Cartel, drug, next formerly led by El Chapo before his life sentence in a U.S. prison.

The Sinaloa Cartel remains a dominant force in the global drug trade, with a presence in 17 Mexican states. It is considered the chief supplier of fentanyl and methamphetamine to the U.S. A kilogram of fentanyl, bought in China for around $9,000, is cut into pills in Mexican labs and sold at much higher prices than cocaine or heroin, generating immense profits for traffickers.

The cartel now operates as a federation of over 100 semi-autonomous clans, making it difficult for authorities to track. Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, 70, is believed to lead the organization, favoring negotiation and planning over violence. El Chapo's sons, Iván and Alfredo Guzmán, are next in line and presumed to handle weapons logistics and small-scale drug sales.

As the manhunt for Alan Gabriel Nunez Herrera intensifies, the DEA urges anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact them via email at ChapitosTips@dea.gov. The $1 million reward reflects the urgency and importance of bringing this alleged fentanyl kingpin to justice in the ongoing battle against the devastating opioid epidemic ravaging communities across the United States.

Key Takeaways

  • DEA offers $1 million reward for info on fentanyl trafficker Alan Gabriel Nunez Herrera.
  • Herrera allegedly supplied fentanyl to the US, linked to Sinaloa Cartel and El Chapo.
  • Fentanyl crisis causes thousands of overdose deaths annually in the US.
  • Herrera indicted on charges including fentanyl importation, trafficking, and money laundering.
  • DEA urges anyone with info on Herrera's whereabouts to contact ChapitosTips@dea.gov.